Sharing all the latest news and views from across the ActEarly teams
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Issue 10 – November 2022
Improving our two-way communications
HELLO AND WELCOME to the latest edition of AntennAE, our regular monthly e-bulletin to keep everyone involved with ActEarly up-to-date with all our latest news. We have fellow researchers, exploring the complexities of ant communication, to thank for its title. It was they who discovered that ants not only pick up information through their antennae but also use them to convey social signals. It was the first time antennae have been found to be a two-way communication device, rather than just a receptor. So we very much hope that as well reading our news, you will share your updates too – and contribute to our future success. 
Please email with your news, stories, events and notices by the last Friday of the month at 12 noon. 

Upcoming opportunities 

Diary dates

Methods club, Wednesday 16th November at 11.30am 'A whole systems data linkage accelerator'
Rob Shore, Megan Wood and Sam Relins from the Connected Bradford project. Register here.

Job vacancies 

Bradford Council new HDRC roles (Research Director and Public Health consultant): click for more details
Tower Hamlets Council - senior data analysts in public health: click for more details
PhD studentship, the built environment and adolescent mental health: click for more details

As new ActEarly jobs are listed they can be viewed on our LinkedIn page or via our website
Emma Ansell

Meet the team

Say hello to Emma. Emma has joined us as the Bradford based Research Project Manager for ActEarly. She will be leading on the day to day management of projects including service improvement/ development, policy development and change management processes, implementing the project management framework and assisting in meeting research targets for completion and dissemination of research findings. She previously worked for Born In Bradford Better Start as an Evaluation Facilitator at the Innovation Hub, writing evaluations on the performance of Better Start Bradford projects and as a Research Assistant, recruiting participants into the BIBBS study. Emma also has 10 years frontline experience in Children’s Social Care, Early Help and SEND.

Health inequalities research infrastructure funding awarded to Bradford and Tower Hamlets

Earlier this year, the NIHR announced news of a new £50 million fund for local authorities to conduct research into health inequalities. In October, the Department of Health and Social Care confirmed that 13 local authorities had been successful in their bids to set up pioneering Health Determinants Research Collaborations (HDRCs) between experts and academics to address knowledge gaps in local areas.

Bradford and Tower Hamlets councils were successful in their bids for funding, allowing them to build on existing collaborations developed through ActEarly and to further develop research infrastructure to address the social, economic and environmental factors that impact people’s health.

Professor Brian Ferguson, Director of the NIHR Public Health Research Programme, said:

"Many people living in communities across the country are facing major challenges that are impacting on their health. Our newly launched HDRCs will serve as nationally recognised centres of excellence, boosting local government’s ability to tackle these challenges by enabling breathing space to become more research active."

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Child of the North: Building a Fairer Future after COVID-19

Earlier this year the Child of the North: Building a Fairer Future after COVID-19 report was launched in parliament revealing how children in the region have suffered under the pandemic – with disproportionate hits to their education, and mental and physical health. 
Building on this report, on 19 October, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Child of the North launched with an evidence hearing on child poverty and the cost of living crisis; co-chaired by MPs Emma Lewell-Buck (South Shields) and Mary Robinson (Cheadle). 
Members of the ActEarly consortium are supporting the APPG in this and future hearings, alongside the Northern Health Science Alliance and N8 Research Partnership.
Professor Kate Pickett, who leads our Healthy Livelihoods theme set the context for the first APPG session, outlining challenges faced by children in the North. Dr Carolyn Snell, an expert on fuel poverty from the University of York, and Dr Rachel Loopstra, an expert on food poverty from the University of Liverpool, shared statistics and policy suggestions. The North East Poverty Commission and a Youth Ambassador at the End Child Poverty Coalition shared their experiences of the worsening poverty situation. 
The APPG will publish a report on the cost of living crisis in early 2023. For further information about the APPG, please contact ActEarly team member Dr Amy Barnes

ActEarly workshop, 6th October

On 6th October 2022 people from across the ActEarly collaboration gathered at Toynbee Hall in Tower Hamlets for a face to face gathering after many aborted attempts due to covid. Train strikes tried to curtail us, but we couldn't be stopped this time. There were opportunities to mingle and see colleagues in the flesh, before we moved into our morning session, outlining the new HDRC funding at Tower Hamlets and Bradford councils, what this means for the councils and how it relates to the work of ActEarly. A summary of some of the key discussion points from the breakout groups can be found here.
In the afternoon we had an enlightening session on the cost of living crisis, learning from past experience and thinking through evidence based strategies across the short, medium and long term to alleviate the impacts of a cost of living crisis. The Healthy Livelihoods team have summarised the discussions in this document, and will be working together with the councils to consider next steps.

Have we got research news for you!

Here is a small snapshot of recent outputs related to ActEarly

Young children's lives in East London through the pandemic: Relationships, activities and social worlds

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The Impact of the Pandemic on Mental Health in Ethnically Diverse Mothers: Findings from the Born in Bradford, Tower Hamlets and Newham COVID-19 Research Programmes

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Cost of living support booklet, Bradford 

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Born in Bradford’s Better Start (BiBBS) interventional birth cohort study: Interim cohort profile

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This work was supported by the UK Prevention Research Partnership, an initiative funded by UK Research and Innovation Councils, the Department of Health and Social Care (England) and the UK devolved administrations, and leading health research charities. Read more
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